The original is still the best at Christmas time

Kate Livingstone
Kate Livingstone

It might only be November but Christmas seems to be well and truly upon us - and I love it!

I love seeing the lights on in the town centre - although they’ve never been the same since they got rid of Frosty the Snowman at the end of the High Street.

My Gary and Emma used to love watching his hat getting knocked off - it definitely made the wait at the traffic lights more interesting.

The new one might be lovely and modern but old Frosty definitely had a certain charm.

I love seeing wee Jack getting excited about Christmas. He can’t wait, and every advert he sees on TV or toy he sees in a shop seems to be getting added to the list for Santa. I’m taking him to his first panto next week, and hopefully it’ll become a Christmas tradition for him - and for his little sister as she gets older.

My favourite tradition comes at the start of December, when I decorate the Christmas tree with a glass of mulled wine with ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ on in the background.

I love the film so much, it just brings out a lovely fuzzy and warm feeling for this time of year. There’s even a new musical stage version premiering this year which I think sounds brilliant.

I’m not so sure, however, about the ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ sequel which I read this week is in the offing.

More than 60 years after the original was released. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story’ will hit the big screen in 2015.

Original cast member Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s daughter Zuzu, will return for the film which will have a ‘Christmas Carol’ type theme. It will centre on Bailey’s mean grandson, and reportedly sees him visited by his aunt Zuzu, now an angel, who shows him how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.

I’m not convinced.

The original one is so well-loved and regularly tops lists of the best Christmas films of all time. I think a follow on will take away some of that shine. It’s kind of like old Frosty, sometimes the original is best.